Anything salty and with a crunch is a world of perfection to me. Anyone, who loves food, will agree to these lines without any doubt. But, think twice about it, anything that is salty, and with a crunch may not be the perfect thing to keep you healthy.
As far as 6050 BC, salt has been an integral part of the world’s history interwoven into countless civilisations. The history of salt is broad and ancient and leaves its indelible mark and taste in cultures across the world.
However, despite the fact that salt is something so universal and common, it happens to be linked to various non-communicable diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases and also kidney-related disorders, and so is sugar and oil.
India, at present, is known as the diabetes capital of the world. The maximum numbers of diabetics are found in our country. We also have a high number of patients with hypertension and cardiac diseases.
Since all these are risk factors for kidney diseases too, we are seeing an increasing number of patients suffering from various kidney-related disorders. These diseases have become a global epidemic.
It is time that we take the onus of our health into our hands. An ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure.
#Ekchammachkum is a nationwide campaign, recently started by two Mumbai-based NGOs – The Mumbai Kidney Foundation and Amar Gandhi Foundation, in collaboration with the Municipal Co-operation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), which promotes the reduction in the intake of salt, sugar, and oil by a spoonful every day.
This simple step life helps fight obesity, control blood pressure and sugar levels, and keep kidney and heart diseases at bay.
The campaign aims at increasing awareness among the people about the harmful effects of excess salt, sugar, and oil and encourages its reduction in simple steps:
- Avoid use of table salt or added salt.
- Avoid chutneys, pickles, papads, and processed snacks and juices.
- Avoid eating outside junk food and prefer home-cooked food.
- Bake or grill your food.
- Eat plenty of raw vegetables, fruits, and unsalted nuts, and avoid processed and tinned food.
These few changes in your daily routine can go a long way in keeping kidney, and heart diseases under control.
Remember, the first step towards good health is prevention, so pledge to live a healthy life by making these lifestyle changes. Baas ek chammach kum!
The author is a Nephrologist and Renal Transplant Physician at PD Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre.